No-pain-no-gain

White Fang, is that you?

A real thrill I got on this trip, was a little hike into the brush… 

Last Monday(18th) afternoon we were setup sitting on a ridge, waiting to spot a bull they’d seen earlier in the day. And I do mean ridge… only about 100 yards straight up it base to top, but its rise was about 60° or 65° (my best guess) or steeper… strewn with downed trees(previous forest fire burn area), and 3 or 4 years of new growth birch/alder no bigger than your wrist… 

Going up was interesting. 

Coming down was quite honestly downright suicidal. 

I couldn’t make it all the way up, I got about 40 or 50 yards, just high enough to get me above the flat land tree tops to a good valley view…

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They went to the top, and about 1/3 of the way around the hill to my right, better view to the river and further out. 
Hour or so later, just about the time I getcomfortable that I’m not falling off the hill 😉 4 shots from up top.

 Up I get, rifle ready, skoot around the hill a bit, see a big flash of white go down in the brush and small spruce trees about 400 yards out.. I figured it was the white light refection off of an antler palm. 

15 minutes later one buddy goes down past me 30 feet off… I follow. He stops, tells me “no moose” in a wisper. 

Huh. 

He then says “wolf”
“Wanna come along?”

Hell yeah!
Good excuse to get the hell off this suicidal slope before I have to do it at dusk! 😉

Turns out they had watched this lone wolf come in from up country, couple miles out. It was moving slow, looked off… like injured or sick. 

They decided we really didn’t need him in the area, danger to us, and to the game we were stalking, so he took it. Pretty good hitting a moving wolf at 350 ish yards! 

It hadn’t dropped dead though, and kept moving a bit till it stopped…

So, here I am using tracking a wounded predator in the brush, as an excuse to get off a steep hill… lol. Ok, maybe not my smartest move ever. ;)

But I had to go… just one of those cool things you can say you’ve done, ya know? 


If you survive it.. lol. 

Didn’t want him going out to do that alone either..

And it was thrilling, if not a touch frightening. Great experience.

One guy on the ridge, us in the valley, two course corrections waved from the ridge, didn’t take long to find it. Still breathing, back hips broke from the shot. Took two more well placed .308s to kill it. Tough little guy!

Turned out to be a bit scrawny, and when gutted, it’s stomach was Literally empty. 

Good thing I went too, if just to help get it the 1/4 mile back to camp. That wolf had to weigh pretty close to what my buddy does… no way for us to tandem carry it in that brush, he slung it across his shoulders and did it himself, rifle slung around his neck. 

Took us 15 min ish, in a dead straight line, or as close as possible, no stops… he couldn’t or he’d never get going again. 

Pretty good hije for me too, I ended up with my pack on my back as I started, but also with his pack on my chest... Ugh. I don’t recommend that kind of high stepping dense brush, downed tree, mossy ground hiking with weight on your chest. About killed my lungs! Don’t know how he did it with 150lbs of K9 on his shoulders.

Later upon skinning, we found massive trauma to its neck, and shoulders, and one front leg. Puncture wounds in its neck and shoulder, like you’d expect from a fight with other k9s. Wounds only a couple days old if that.

Figure he had a fight in the pack, and lost, got drove out. Smaller animal, probably young. Not acustomed to hunting alone he wasn’t eating, and recovering from wounds, why he moved so slow coming in. 

Honestly I think we did him a favor. Winter is only a couple weeks out up there, if that long.. those wounds, and as thin as he was, I really don’t think he’d have survived the winter. 


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Categories: Adventures, Alaska-Life, Backcountry, GetOutdoors, Good Friends, Good Times, Hunting, No-pain-no-gain, Outdoors, Wildlife

Cheap Sunglasses

So, a little gear report from last week’s hunting trip.

More of a gear casualty report than a performance report. The item in question has worked great for about three years, up until we crushed them last Saturday(16th) night.

My most recent, and favorite sunglasses. Dragon Cinch, that I got from user FACE in the 2014 EDCF secret santa. 

REALLY amazing they’ve lasted this long with me already, actually! 

We had an issue with the boat on Saturday evening, suddenly taking on water, so Brian dropped us to just off idle, headed to thensure back where the trouble was, and had me drive. (Turned out a heat exchanger line that pumps river water into the cooler to cool the engine coolant had come off… we were literally pumping water into the boat! Fun. ) 

So, for a few miles of driving I took my shades off as we turned around out of the sun headed back toward the dock… Laid them on the drivers dash. 

Later when he took over, I forgot them there, and to not have anything loose on the dash at speed, he pocketed them thinking they were his. 

I didn’t need them anymore, it was partly overcast and dusk the rest of that day… 

That night we wedged the boat on a sandbar at sundown… in a shallow unreadable section of river. Got it off the sand but couldn’t go anywhere in the dark. 

Slept on the boat that night, tied off to a mud bank. Sleeping pad, bag, and tarp strung over head. (THAT was interesting. I ended up on the river side of the forward deck, a 2″ rail the only thing between me and rolling into the river. Amazingly I got a few hours sleep. Good test of my sleeping bag, there was ice on our gear in the boat the next morning… I was comfortable in my 20° bag, and it was at least down to freezing. )

Anyway, next morning we got going, moving good, into the sun… cant find my glasses. 

Hmm. 

He digs out his shades… but they’re not his. They’re mine. And he slept in his jacket. 

Yup. 

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I dug around and found his in the passenger console, so we didn’t hit anything, and atleast the guy driving could see to navigate… 

I did wear mine the rest of the day, and then again the full day on the river coming home a week later. Found that worn under my headband/hat, that one ear piece wasenough, and the spring hing tension and frame flex held the other side in place fine. Little close to me on that broKen side, fog up fast not in the wind, but it worked, so I didn’t complain!

No fault to anyone in their getting crushed, just one of those things that happens, especially when things get tossed around in an emergency(after all, the boat was sinking! when we both took our glasses off and they got mixed up).

So, first things first after getting home, looked at the brand/model/numbers. Go googling, figure they are so nice I’ll just get another pair. 

No wonder they were so nice, and survived so long with me…New price, $180. 

So much for my usual preference of cheap sunglasses (for this very reason- cheap to replace when they get broke or lost… and it’s a cool song 😉 

Serriously, people pay this for shades? Really? They’re nice, but… I dunno about $200 nice! 

Sorry, just surprised to find out I’ve been wearing fairly expensive shades, I guess.

Ok, so I found some for as low as $75. Not sure I can justify that either. Maybe. Not now anyway.

Don’t get me wrong, I like good gear, andheaven knows I have expensive tastes… 
But.. for sunglasses…

Time will tell I guess. 

So anyway, I think I can fix them, a little super glue, and if I can find the packet of blackSugru (that ironically I got in the 2015 EDCFsecret santa!) they should be fine for a while.  ðŸ™‚

Categories: Adventures, Backcountry, Damages, EDC, EDC/MT use, GetOutdoors, Good Times, Hunting, No-pain-no-gain, Sunglasses

Spring time catch up.

Been a while. It’s either been a lot going on with no time to post, or I’ve been sick as hell(flu, twice through, laid out for 3 weeks, then almost gone, got too cold working, relapsed, and now running into 6 weeks total) and literally Nothing going on to post about. 

Anyway, here is a random slew of pics from the last couple months.

Moon and Venus.


My first day out snowshoeing.



Recent knives used and the books I was reading that week.(for a forum thread)


Dads stainless handle Sabre jack knife that lives in the den, which is currently the reloading room.


Case hobo and an Alaskan cookbook

225 grain LWN (long wide nose) hard cast .41 caliber bullets I ordered from GTBullets.  100 lubed and sized for $13, even with $6 shipping, it’s almost cheaper than I could cast my own.. And is considering I can’t afford the mould right now! 😉  


Cleaning up an old Schrade USA stockman, a 8OT , that a friend gave me last summer.



Knives and guns, notable pairs, (for a forum thread )

My Beretta. 45, that I’ve now amazingly had for 10.5 years! And the custom Andy Sharpe coffin fighter that it’s come to live with. I rarely ever carry one without the other.


My Mom’s Liberty Mustang .22 and Dad’s Case peanut.


Most sentimental pairing; my Ruger Security Six 357 mag. Which has belonged to both my older brothers,  and my Dad before me. With Dad’s Western brand hunting knife. 

New stuff, second week of March, my takes from the EDCC (edccommunity.com) passaround box.


Old style finned bomb shaped beads are a fad right now, had some shop time so I tried one. LOTS of work to get the rounded nose, and fins. Had to freehand the cutters on the curve, and lots of file work off the lathe. Too time intensive to make many of them, but I might still..


A slew of pocket dumps, in mostly cronological order, late Jan. to now. 



On my knees in a sniw bank digging out firewood at 0F or 10F. Something like that. Proof that I wear my guns working, they’re not babied. (Much.. 😉 )




Simple day last week, hour or two after dark working on firewood. Headlamp and the bluetooth speaker did constant duty… I zip the speaker into a mid layer pocket, hit Google Play, usually Springsteen,  and have music wherever I am while working. 

Yesterday’s carry, 3-15-17, an outside day. been cooped up sick, wanted to get out and work for a while, puttered around with a few projects (most of which involved shoveling snow!). 


Cousins. Both old used and worn, but great Schrade USA stockmans. Large 8OT, and medium 34OT. 


My Titanium Eng1nerd Prangler  (mash up of key dangler and pry bar) is getting some great coppery brass colored wear stripes in its anodizing. The things that swing and rub on it are brass and it sort of burnished onto the area as it rubs. 

And, more of 3-15-17… got the sled out for a bit.And found out how out of practice I am… Was stuck a total of three times! Oi.  Thankfully all within ~100 yards max from the house! God is good to me!


Categories: Adventures, Alaska-Life, Beads, Clothes, Custom, custom-made-tools, Daily-cary-log, EDC, Field Notes, Flashlights, Guns, Hanks, key-chains, knives, Leather, Modifications, Multitools, New Gear, No-pain-no-gain, old tools, Outdoors, Pocket knives, Reloading, Sentimental, Theory/Thoughts, titanium, truck, Vehicles, weather and seasons, Winter, wood processing, Woods tools

Always amazes me…

For someone who is predominantly left handed

(although naturally ambidextrous for almost everything, I still prefer to do things left handed… Even if I’m better at it right handed… figure that one out! ;))

I sure gouge the hell out of my right arm a lot! :?😒😩😝 😂😂

It’s amazing the places you can fit your hands, that your hands don’t fit into, when running automotive wiring! ;)😂😒

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I mean, I’ve got small hands and forearms, but I know some guys that have big meaty gorilla hands, that do automotive tech, and electronics tech for a living… don’t know how they manage not to get shredded!  

There must be like a month of “how not to look like you got in a fight with a barbed wire fence while working” type training when you go into those fields!  ;)😂

Categories: ATV, Automotive Work, Modifications, No-pain-no-gain, Outdoors, Vehicles, Wiring, Wrenching

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